Jared Kushner Granted Security Clearance After Year-Long Delay

Jared Kushner Granted Security Clearance After Year-Long Delay

Gaining a permanent security clearance potentially relieves tremendous weight on Kushner, whose contacts with foreign officials during Trump's transition to the White House were subject to major scrutiny and damning media reports.

But the FBI's decision to award him permanent security clearance, first reported by the New York Times, suggests that Kushner may have turned a corner.

The Mueller probe has also hung over Kushner's status in the White House, in part because some of the matters under investigation relate to his role during the campaign and the transition, including contacts with Russians, as well as events that occurred in the early months of the Trump presidency, such as the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation", Lowell said.

The FBI has now finished their file on Kushner and delivered it to the White House personnel security office.

Lowell said the topics addressed in the interview "were the appropriate topics that Bob Mueller and his team are looking at".

"If I were Jared Kushner, I'd be sighing a breath of relief today", Mr. Zaid said.

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Mr Giuliani has been urging Mr Mueller's team to wrap up the investigation now that the probe has reached the one-year mark.

Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to U.S. President Donald Trump, meets with service members at a forward operating base near Qayyarah West in Iraq, April 4, 2017.

Kushner - the point of contact for foreign officials during the campaign and transition - was also alluded to, though not by name, in Flynn's guilty plea as a transition team official who encouraged Flynn to contact representatives of foreign governments, including Russian Federation, about a U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements.

Kushner failed to disclose those meetings on his initial applications for security clearance, raising concerns about attempts to hide them.

He said: "His application was properly submitted, reviewed by career officials, and went through the normal process".

"It happened the way it happens for thousands of people", Lowell told CNN, noting, "There was nobody in the political process that had anything to do with it".

It was not immediately clear whether Kushner had access to some classified material in the months since his clearance was downgraded. Zaid, a veteran Washington lawyer who handles security clearances, said it was highly unlikely that the special counsel would uncover evidence of improper foreign entanglements and not flag it for security officials.

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